Bridge closes, frontage road extension opens

Night hauls from Oak Park Heights to Baytown begin this week

082113_beachroadCrews opened the new Minnesota 36 South Frontage Road extension between Phil’s Tara Hideaway and Stagecoach Trail Sunday night and closed the Beach Road bridge, state Department of Transportation officials announced.

MnDOT warns that motorists should expect traffic delays at the Osgood intersection with the Beach Road bridge closure. Motorists and trucks traveling between MN 36 and Minnesota 95 are encouraged to use the signed alternate routes to avoid congestion. Local traffic to businesses and residences should use the new South Frontage Road extension.

Crews have started construction on the new Beach Road overpass just west of the current span. The new Beach Road bridge will open by the end of the 2013 construction season.

The new Beach Road overpass and South Frontage Road extension are both part of the St. Croix Crossing bridge project.

In addition to the Beach Road bridge closure, MnDOT officials said night hauling from Oak Park Heights to Baytown Township would begin this week to remove excess dirt from the job site. This work is needed to construct the MN 36 extension to the new St. Croix Crossing and is anticipated to continue through early September, officials added. Additional night hauling is possible later in the season.

Crews plan to permanently close 56th Street North in Oak Park Heights between Pickett Avenue North and MN 95 this weekend, weather permitting. Access to and from MN 95 will still be available by following Pickett Avenue North.

Motorists will continue to experience single-lane traffic on MN 36 east of Osgood Avenue and temporary traffic signals at the MN 36/MN 95 junction through the end of September. Access to businesses along MN 36 and 95 remain open at all times.

Crews are reconstructing eastbound MN 36, the ramps to and from MN 95, realigning MN 95, completing utility work and constructing trails. Find details about all ongoing traffic impacts in Minnesota and Wisconsin at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing.

Overnight work on the bridge pier foundations will begin sometime later this week, MnDOT said. Noise disruptions associated with the night work will be very similar to noise associated with the ongoing daytime work. Crews will work 24 hours Sunday night through daytime Saturday, with the nighttime work expected until early December.

Boaters on the St. Croix River will experience no new impacts, and the no wake worker safety zone is still in effect for the safety of crews working and equipment stability. Buoys are in place along the Minnesota and Wisconsin shorelines.

Work on four of the five pier locations in the river continues. The fifth pier is anticipated to be underway in late September. Crews are installing caissons and excavating for pier footings through December.

Crews also continue hydraulic drilling, breaking and excavating. This activity is necessary for work on Pier 8 located closest to the Minnesota shoreline. That work will last approximately six weeks and residents could experience some noise disruptions. Additional hydraulic drilling may occur later in the season.

Visit the project web site, call 1-855-GO-CROIX or visit the project office at 1862 Greeley St. South in Stillwater from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays for more information about the project.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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